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Gentle Giant - The Missing Piece - Authentic 1977 UK Chrysalis label Promotional Issue Only Puzzle

€ 200
ArtistGentle Giant
TitleThe Missing Piece - Authentic 1977 UK Chrysalis label Promotional Issue Only Puzzle
Price € 200
GenreROCK
FormatMemorabilia
Record labelChrysalis
Catalogue no
CountryUK
Year of release1977
GradingVG++ (Puzzle)/VG (Box)
Stock listGentle Giant
Additional infoRare authentic 1977 UK Crysalis label promotiobal issue only 49-piece puzzle manufactured to promote British prog rockers 9th - transitional - album.

The puzzle was mailed out by Chrysalis Records in London - depicting the George Underwood's ?Gentle Giant?s? head - the artwork from the bands 1970 debut album.
Puzzle is - and has always been - missing a single piece in the forehead and is packed in a thin card stock 2-piece picture box.

Condition: VG++ (Puzzle)/VG+ (Top Lid)/VG(Bottom Box):
Puzzle itself is extremely nice hardly any signs of handling or age - graded near mint.
Top box has a completely intact surface with only very marginal signs of handling or age - a couple of faint wrinkles - hardly any creasing. Top box sides has a little wrinkling from milder bends - a couple of rips - a single nicely repaired lower left corner split.
Lower box has 6 tears from edges - looks like it was tape-closed when mailed out - tape was carefully reoved from top-lid but carelessly so from bottom box. Lower box has a single side rip and box is overall graded straight VG.
This is far from a bad grading. It seems impossible that an oversized box manufactured from thin card stock would survive without side damages. This is a as such simply a very nice copy - hard to find with all the pieces, hard to find this nice.

Album tracklisting and credits:

Tracklisting:

Side 1:
1. Two Weeks in Spain 3:07
2. I'm Turning Around 3:59
3. Betcha Thought We Couldn't Do It 2:25
4. Who Do You Think You Are? 3:35
5. Mountain Time 3:20

Side 2:
6. As Old as You're Young 4:21
7. Memories of Old Days 7:18
8. Winning 4:18
9. For Nobody 4:05

All tracks written by Kerry Minnear, Derek Shulman, and Ray Shulman.

Recorded May 1977, at Relight Studios, Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands
Mixed at Scorpio Sound Studio, Euston Tower, London


Credits:

Gentle Giant:
Gary Green - electric guitar (5, 6, 8), electric guitars (1-4, 7, 9), acoustic guitars (7)
Kerry Minnear - Hammond organ (tracks 1, 2, 5-9), electric piano (tracks 1, 2, 5, 7), piano (4-6, 8), synthesizer (1, 4, 7), Minimoog (3, 6, 8), Clavinet (6), percussion (track 8), vocals (6)
Derek Shulman - lead vocals on all tracks
Ray Shulman - bass, 12-string guitars (7), percussion (8)
John Weathers - drums (1-6, 8, 9), tambourine (1, 5, 6, 8, 9), cymbal crash (7), percussion (8), rhythm machine (8)

Technical Credits:
Gentle Giant - Production
Paul Northfield - Engineer

Artwork:
Tanner, Ray Shulman - Cover Concept
Ray and derek Shulman, Kerry Minnear , GG Toons - Photography

Various Credits:
David Zammit - 'Sound' advice